Lifestyle Changes with a Stronger Gut

Last week, I pointed out the importance of lifestyle changes for health. We discussed that science shows exactly how the choices we make are influential in our health outcomes, which are never set in stone.

This week, learn about some of the lifestyle factors that may be impacting your health, which include, but go well beyond, diet and exercise. These are simple things you can begin to improve upon today!

  • hdnpwrgrl

    I take metamusil for working on constipation, Is this a fare choice of fiber to use daily? I am now also taking all the probiotics that you have suggested. How about I changed my diet and lifestyle 2 weeks ago. I am also a woman with MS,Secondary progressive for the last 24 years.

  • maryleerossmaessler

    An unexpected hit from Norovirus! 5 days in hospital – starting from scratch again.

  • Alison

    I suffered with Ulcerative Colitis for 16+ years eventually finding fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in an online blog. I tried it and within 4 days my UC was asymptomatic but prone to come back if I got a stomach bug when I would need to do another FMT.
    Since FMT is quite unpleasant I decided to try replenishing my gut with soil bacteria. I got some well rotted compost mixed it with water and filtered it through several layers of kitchen paper, I then drank the water which was clear. My gut has been so good since then, its been almost a year with no symptoms.
    I eat a gluten free diet but I do eat potato and rice but in quite small quantities, I eat animal fats, lots of nuts, grass fed dairy. I don’t eat processed foods.
    I do really suffer with depression though what else can I do?

  • patty

    I am just reading the Grain Brain and on page 68 you list gluten-free starches, rice, potato and tapioca among others. I assume if they are gluten-free they are ok to eat but then on page 225 you state they are offensive, raising blood sugar enormously. I am confused, can I eat things with these starches listed in them or not?

    • David Perlmutter

      They are gluten-free, but still raise blood sugar due to their carb load. If you can eliminate entirely, doesn’t hurt to do that, but you want to moderate consumption as much as possible if not.

  • Javier Arriola

    No one has
    mentioned this yet because it´s obvious, but when you have a healthy and well
    balanced intestinal flora, not only do your eliminations look healthy and smell
    normal. So much so that you can wipe your low back end with a single confetti.
    Color, Volume, Consistency and smell are never better. “The cotton proof
    of an optimum microbioma”

  • Amanda Tralongo

    I have just ordered the book and experience diarrhoea I’m thinking I need to start this diet cause it might be ibs I don’t have a gall balder can anyone pls put a beginner into the right path !! Thank you my bloods are all ok we are doing more bloods doc said thank you I’m
    36 year old female doc told me not to eliminate gluten as they want to do cealic test

  • April

    Dr Perlmutter,
    I just checked a lab test I had done 4 years ago. It was a microbiology profile, Stool. It shows ( based on a 1-4 scale with 4 being the highest):
    NO GROWTH Bifidobacterium,
    1+ Lactobacillus,
    4+ bactericides fragilis
    4+ escherichia coli
    NO GROWTH Enterococcus spp
    2+ clostridium spp

    I was told everything was NORMAL 4 years ago! Am I reading this correctly? I am almost in tears reading this because this may explain years of anxiety and depression that have plagued me! Am I safe to assume this? NO Bifidobacterium and hardly any lactobacillus? Please please respond if you can. I have read all your books, am gluten free from reading grain brain but have never done probiotics nor eat any yogurt or fermented foods. While this is going to change immediately, I would love to know your thoughts!
    Thank you for your books and insight!!!!

  • April


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